Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. (MDRX) stock coverage initiated with “Neutral” in note to investors by Dougherty & Co

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) shares traded mostly flat on Friday Dec 2 with lower trade volume than normal after more analysts initiated coverage on the stock.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks edged lower on Friday, with major indexes on track for a weekly decline.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% fell 23 points, or 0.1%, to 19,169, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.09% lost 1.2 point to 2,190, a move of less than 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.15% fell 5.3 points, or 0.1%, to 5,247.

Analysts at Dougherty & Co initiated coverage on Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) stock, starting the company at Neutral. With a rating of Neutral on the shares, the company has a 52-week high of $15.78. The one-year price target of $14.44 is higher than the opening price of $10.60, resulting a number of other analysts to issue statements on the company recently. Analysts and brokerage firms will subsequently re periodic updates after beginning or initiating coverage. Changes in price targets are not uncommon.

Shares of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) opened at $10.60 on Tuesday trading between $10.53 and $10.83, and last traded at $10.73.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) currently has a market cap of 1.99B.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 2,328,100 shares out of a total float 137,200,000 and some 245,700 shares traded hands yesterday, lower than the norm. Swing traders often use increases in trading volume to identify large volume aggregation or dissemination by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% greater than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By identifying trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of successful trades.

With that in mind, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MDRX) now has a 50-day MA of $11.68 and 200-day MA of $12.83. It has traded in a 52-week range between $9.80 – 15.78 and today’s last price is 32.00%% lower than the 52 week high of $15.78.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors look for companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more for a 3 year period.

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